From Bondi To Berlin: Top Festive Season Holidays

17 December 2014

The world around us is celebrating and there's no reason you can't celebrate with it. From the white sands of a Bondi Christmas to the snowflakes falling in Berlin, consider this round-up of five festive season holidays bound to get you in the Christmas spirit, whatever it means to you.

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Lapland

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Why not finish the year in Finnish Lapland, the official hometown of Santa Claus himself. The long polar nights from October to March allow travellers to take in the famed northern lights and you can also see Rudolph and the reindeer gang, mush with the huskies and watch the snowfall paint the town white.

 One of Santa's own

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Berlin

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Berlin sparkles during the festive season and is well known for its very merry Christmas markets. There are more than 60 Christmas Markets on offer selling everything from Christmas ornaments to hand-knitted scarves and festive treats such as mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.

 Berlin's festivals are a popular attraction

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New York City

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Walk in the winter wonderland of New York City to browse the Christmas window displays adoring Fifth Avenue, ice skate at Rockefeller Centre Skating Rink and watch the Rockefeller Christmas tree light up the skyline. If you happen to be there with kids, take the family to the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular preformed by the Radio City Rockettes.

 The Big Apple comes alive

Looking for a Christmas theme park? 7 Theme Parks Getting Festive This Season

Where will you be celebrating the New Year? Top 6 Places To Celebrate NYE In Australia


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London

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Christmas time in London is a perfect excuse to hit the stops with department stores such as Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols all putting on the most spectacular of window displays. A simple stroll through Trafalgar Square turns into something festive thanks to nightly Christmas Carols and the Christmas Tree display at Covent Garden even has real reindeer for visitors to stop by and pat.

 Old Father Thames in festive mood

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Bondi Beach

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For a white Christmas of a different kind, spend Christmas Day in your DTs on Bondi Beach. For your Christmas feast think fresh prawns, hot chips and a cold beer...a traditional Aussie summer lunch spread. And remember, even the naughty kids must remember to slip, slop, slap.

 Bondi Beach in the December sun

Kellie Carty

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